Brighton & Hove manager Chris Hughton has claimed that his side were denied two valid calls for penalties in their 4-0 loss to Premier League champions Chelsea. Despite romping to an assured victory, the Blues were fortunate not to be penalised by the referee, especially when goalkeeper Willy Caballero bundled
Speaking in the wake of the humbling loss, via Sky Sports, Hughton expressed his frustration with the decisions that he felt went against his side, citing them as pivotal moments that dashed all hopes of his side's getting a good result. The former Newcastle United boss said:
FT: @ChelseaFC show their class in front of goal, to defeat Albion at the Amex. Hazard scores twice, with Willian and Moses also finding the back of the net. The Seagulls hit the woodwork through Propper, but were unable to find a breakthrough. #BHAFC 0 #CFC 4 #BHACHE pic.twitter.com/ElCnSdkf2u— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) January 20, 2018
"What you have to do is get yourself into a position where you can see it. If the referee said he hasn't seen it then it's not one, but there's always going to be a chance that there was a decision to be made. You need things to go your way and we've had two that haven't.
Hughton also claimed that the scoreline wasn't reflective of gameplay, contending that his side were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of a heavy defeat. Hughton said: